While our summer holiday is still a vague memory in my mind, I thought I would share a little bit about other ethical clothing brands I wore on our trip to France. As you may have seen here (and here) over the last year or so, I've been wearing a lot of pieces from Thought Clothing. I have found them to be such a go-to brand for key items because everything fits so well, is SUCH good quality and is really affordable.
If you are interested in 'greening' up your beauty cabinet, this post is for you. I thought I'd share a few of my favourite summer eco beauty essentials that are being used day in and out. Summer is a great time to try some new green products out because our skin tends to be out more and in need of good protection.
Full disclosure, my 'beauty routine' is hardly a routine at all but is focused on convenience and less being more. I love natural products that enhance what I've already got goin' on and so I feel like what I do buy needs to be good quality, long-lasting and as naturally produced as possible.
I've chosen six items that I wouldn't be without this summer - here goes:
With our proper summer holiday to France done and dusted early on in the season (wahhh), I thought it would be a really opportune time to introduce you to some of the great ethical clothing brands that I've been wearing lately so you can get to know them too and have a chance to get your hands on some lovely ethical items to wear throughout the rest of the summer (and beyond) yourself!
That's the thing about buying from an ethical clothing brand - you get to know them properly because they always have a story and for me, that's a big draw. These are not soul-less big businesses with millions of nameless employees, factories and ambiguous policies - they are small, hard-working, visionary champions of fair work and quality items. These brands have stuck their neck out to start something meaningful and are swimming against the tide of the fast and furious fashion industry, doing incredible things to bring justice and sustainability to the communities they work in and collaborate with.
The other week Ada and I were standing at the living room window waiting for my dad to arrive to look after her for the day so I could go to work. He usually arrives by 9.15am so we perched ourselves as usual by the bay window so she could see his car pull up and give him all the usual exuberant greetings as he walks up the path to the front door. 9.20am rolled by and there was no sign of him. 9.30am hit and still no dad, so I called him and didn't get an answer. 9.40am came and he was still not here and wasn't answering his phone. As the minutes passed I had myself convinced he was dead.
He's not here, he's not answering his phone, he must be dead.
It's been almost two weeks since 30 of us met at the most beautiful property in rural Co. Down to make, eat and build community as creative women.
We couldn't have had a more perfect evening together. I say that without any hesitation of over-selling what we experienced and in full gratitude to the team of incredible women that made it happen.
I had many moments of hesitation about doing a gathering so soon after the passing of my mum but it really was the tonic and focus I needed to push through a little bit more. Once again I was blown away by how courageous and honest these women were. All coming from different walks, different backgrounds and different points in their creative journey. It was a gentle, warm and inspiring night. I will try to keep my words few here and let the incredible Kat Mervyn do the talking through her lens as she captured our gathering so perfectly in these images.